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October 17, 2006

Various ~ TP

Its been a while since I posted, and my apologies to h2bm and Ponnarasi for not getting back to them earlier. I'm working on Srijith's tag - nice one, made me delve a little deep...My sincere apologies [a public one] to Sattvic, for not making it to Lansing. Some plans fell through, and with the time we had, it was a big problem :(...

I started writing this post as I was sitting at Dallas Fort Worth, waiting for my ride to San Diego. At the risk of sounding condescending, I must say that this waiting at the airport has become a familiar feeling these past few weeks. In the past three weeks I have traveled to Pittsburgh, to San Diego, to Chicago, to Milwaukee, to Phoenix, to Dallas and then back to San Diego. My Dad was here for a week to meet some bankers in New York, and if it wasn't for a scheduling conflict, I would have traveled there too! I've had to travel for various reasons ~ meeting friends, conferences, work etc, but its been all fun. Especially since I rarely force myself to travel and visit new places, seeing 4-5 cities in the space of 3 weeks has been a unique experience to say the least.

In the middle of all this travel, I have also recently transitioned into full-time employment with this company. I'm part of their Learning & Organizational Development group, working on a varied range of initiatives and projects [could tell ya, but would have to kill ya]. The challenge now is of course to transition from a full-time to a part-time student. I have to work on my dissertation proposal etc from San Diego moving forward. God willing, I'll be able to meet this challenge and keep working towards my degree.

Anyways, I went to Chicago to meet my undergrad buddy Veera. We were joined by Pras, and the three of us spent a couple of days driving around downtown, going to Milwaukee and generally taking in the sights and sounds of the two cities. Pras is an avid photographer, and he took a ton of pics with his big badass Cannon Rebel. Veera and I were generally serving as male studs/models on whom Pras was able to practice his skills. Pras has them on his amazing Flick account here [page 2 onwards...damn I look good...too bad no one can recognize its me :)]

Veera is off to India pretty soon to tie the knot. Best wishes to him and fiance' may your lives change in many ways, but still remain the same in many other ways!

I was in Dallas, TX to present part of my research for a conference. Once that was over on Fri, I spent a couple of fantastic days with my school buddy and partner in crime Sanj and his wife Priya. I'm meeting Priya for the first time, but I guess we have known about each other for a long while. I was truly happy to see them together, and it is always sweet to see the love people have developing, transitioning, working out and blossoming after marriage. Touchwood.

Priya is an awesome and unassuming cook. I have rarely eaten such good food during my stay here. I think I did Joey's imitation quite well, and warmed up with idli's and dosas before moving on to chappatis and puris and to rice. Priya would always grumble about me and Sanj eating nothing/less [sample, only 17 idlis], and I would give the standard chinta kai ko? main hoon na! I even got some rotis to-go!

I also met up with my school buddy Anusha and her husband Ananth. Super smart people these. I guess their children will have a lot of things to live upto :0 [both of them are going for their PhD's]. It was nice to spend some quality time, going through photos, laughing at familiar yet forgotten faces and memories. In between all this, they found time to drill me on all "gossips", which invariably always tended to be directed on me. Hearing them talk, you would think that I dated every single girl in school.

Well, lots of things happening. Lots of changes to come, so will keep you guys posted.

Be good! Be beautiful!

Ram

15 Comments:

  • Long time no see. Quite a lot of traveling and over eating. I really liked the part where you spend time with your friend and the entire para about what you ate. It is nice to have such friends :-)

    Whishing you all the best with your studies and the new job.

    As you have concluded...Be good! Be beautiful...

    By Blogger Alexis Leon, at 9:29 PM  

  • Ok.. now I know what you`ve been doing.. you have been flying all over the world meeting up with friends.. What an absolutely enjoyable thing to do.
    and I must add that is a great company in the telecom sector i`ve heard.Wish you all the best..

    I second Alexis Leon..
    "Be good Be Beautiful.." :)

    With Best Regards,
    Srijith Unni.

    By Blogger Srijith Unni, at 10:15 PM  

  • Its always nice to be with friends and to travel.

    Good for you and wish you the best in what you do:-))

    When our mind and body is relaxed everything is beautiful...

    By Anonymous pria, at 7:38 AM  

  • Congratulations on ur job! And u seem to be having way too much fun travelling..good, good!

    By Blogger Pallavi, at 11:31 PM  

  • Whao! nice time travelling eh?! Good going! And happy Diwali! :)

    By Blogger Has to be me, at 8:20 AM  

  • Well, no probs Ram. I am glad you had lots of fun. Keep it going and good luck with everything!

    By Blogger Sattvic, at 3:07 PM  

  • Thank you Alex...as always, good to see you here!

    Thanks Srijith...I feel very fortunate to be doing all those things you mention.

    Well said Pria...that's the key to the whole thing I guess...

    Thanks Pallavi...its been fun!

    By Blogger Ram, at 10:17 PM  

  • Hey h2bm...I'm sure you had loads of fun with your young ones...

    Thanks Sattvic... you too :)

    By Blogger Ram, at 10:18 PM  

  • Hi,
    Tht was intrstng..Especially boova pathi irunthathu ellam was gud :D

    By Blogger Ponnarasi Kothandaraman, at 11:10 PM  

  • Spoken like a true "thinni pandaram" Ponnarasi! lol!

    By Blogger Ram, at 9:14 AM  

  • Hey..Now was this a tag..I read it more like a story...Nice TP story btw..:)

    By Blogger SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP, at 6:10 PM  

  • :) welcome back.. enna neeyium unna nanum welcome back sollrathe polapa pochu!

    By Blogger raz, at 7:06 AM  

  • daeee etho poda enagayoooooooo poyittaaa nee :)

    By Blogger Vijay Ramamurthi, at 1:49 PM  

  • Thanks S2Wakeup - glad you liked my "true" story.

    Yeah Raz.

    VJ - enna range? athe thaan, eppovum.

    By Blogger Ram, at 11:33 PM  

  • Hey Ram.. Just happened to check your site after a long time. Well written blog as it is the case always. And next time when Priya has the fall out with me, I can make her read your blog to pacify her :) btw thanks for the nice comments.

    By Anonymous Sanjay, at 10:00 PM  

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